|SlipAway racing on Easter Monday|
Boats, thumping music and food stalls; it seems that whole of Bequia parties during the Easter Regatta. If you want a quiet holiday then this is the one time of year to avoid this tiny seven square mile island. There are actually two regatta’s; one slightly more sober affair for yachties and the other for double enders of every size complete with man-sized speakers stacked high competing for attention on the shore. Boats come from far and near to take part but you have to admire the double ender crews who sail 30 miles to windward up from Carriacou with little but the clothes they are wearing and a few dollars in their pockets in a 28 foot open boat! At least the regatta sponsors are generous with clean shirts almost every day and the sea is warm.
For the new boats Crystal Claire and Slip Away the regatta was adjudged a success, no outright wins but both boats proved competitive against the very experienced crews of Bequia Pride and Confusion. With practise the boats will almost certainly faster on the water and the owners of the older boats are already considering whether to build new boats to ensure they stay ahead. The fleet is competitive but friendly, even the strongest critics from the other crews came to congratulate Chris and Dylan on their achievements over the weekend.
|Racing yachts - mostly J24s|
At the point harden up close to the waves breaking on the steep too rocks and round onto a reach to the next mark then it is a long beat towards Petit Nevis off Friendship Bay – do you go in towards the airport on the coast or stay out at sea? The local sailors on board Shian, Gerrard, young Delray and Lewis advised inshore out of the current running west through the gap between Bequia and the off-lying islands.
|A small double ender|